Director of Economics
Director of Economics Edinburgh or London £119,170 – £161,230 Team Overview Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications sectors. We regulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line and mobile telecoms, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate, with the aim of furthering the interests of UK citizens and ; The Economics Group provides the economic analysis that underpins everything Ofcom does to improve communications services for people and ; Purpose of the Role We are seeking to appoint a Director of Economics within Ofcom’s Economic Group. The Economics Group provides the economic analysis that underpins everything Ofcom does to improve communications services for people and businesses. As part of the Economics Group, you will help ensure our policies have a sound economic foundation and deliver a real, long term impact in what is an increasingly important and dynamic sector for consumers and ; You will work collaboratively with other economists, as well as lawyers, technical experts, accountants and policy specialists. You will have the opportunity to work across all the communication markets we regulate and further develop your economic expertise through working on a wide range of challenging issues. You will play a pivotal role in shaping the economic analysis supporting our work across economic regulation, competition policy and consumer issues. Working with the Group Director of the Economics Group and other Economic Directors in the team, you will also play an important role in the leadership of the professional economists in the Economics ; Requirements of the Role - Take a leadership role on challenging and high priority projects and cases, ensuring that the economic foundations of our decisions are robust and evidenced and be ready to defend analysis when challenged in an adversarial setting - Ensure that Ofcom is aware of new economic thinking being considered elsewhere (academia, other regulators and competition authorities, government, think tanks) and where appropriate, influencing for the inclusion of the latest economic thinking - Get the best out of your team, coaching and mentoring people directly on projects, and ensuring that they are capable of working in a way that fits with the culture and values of the organisation - Communicate convincingly and with authority internally and externally both orally and in writing - Be responsive to the changing needs of projects, consistent with our organisational priorities - Build rapport at all levels of seniority and foster effective working relationships within multi-disciplinary teams Skills, knowledge and experience - Recognised expertise in competition and regulatory economics in an adversarial setting: You will be a recognised expert in competition and regulatory economics, with a good understanding of spectrum and auction design, experience of economic modelling, an interest in data analytics and AI and an aptitude for quickly developing your knowledge of other areas of economics when required (for example, financial economics, behavioural economics). - Leadership skills and experience: You must be able to demonstrate your ability to lead and motivate the professional community of Ofcom’s economists. You might have gained this through a leadership role on individual projects, or through line management responsibility for a specialist team of ; - Collaboration and communication: You will be expected to communicate convincingly and with authority to a variety of stakeholders, internal and external. Ofcom values collaboration and empowerment, so a willingness to listen to others is important to get the best out of the team and to foster effective working relationships within multi-disciplinary teams. Excellent drafting is vital, as is the ability to review the written work of others, often to tight ; - Quality and delivery: An important part of the role is the ability to oversee a range of economic issues, ensuring timely delivery whilst maintaining quality. You will need to demonstrate an ability to anticipate issues early, prioritise effectively and handle the tensions that inevitably arise in any complex ; Qualifications At a minimum, a degree in economics and/or a post-graduate qualification (MSc or a PhD) Further Information To apply please submit an up to date CV and cover letter explaining your suitability for the role by the Closing Date of 8th May 2019. You can do so by following the instructions above at “Apply for this job online." All Ofcom staff enjoy generous benefits including private medical care, a private pension and 25 days’ leave (with the option of purchasing up to 10 additional days). Ofcom offers flexible working arrangements to help manage work and personal commitments. We have family friendly policies that actively seek to support our colleagues and enable our teams to work in the most effective way. We welcome applications from candidates who would like to work part-time or flexibly, so please tell us what your preferred working arrangements ; This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment ; Additional Keywords: Director of Economics, Head of Economics, Economics Director, Economics Strategy Director, Head of Economics Group, Strategy Director, Director of Economic Strategy.